Meaning

Primary

To Be Transmitted

Alternatives

To Be Told, To Be Handed Down

Word Type

intransitive verb, godan verb

Explanation

This word consists of kanji with hiragana attached. Because the hiragana ends with an sound, you know this word is a verb.

This is an intransitive verb. That means it does not take a direct object. Something is transmitted. No direct object here. That's why this verb means to be transmitted.

Reading

つたわる
  • Kyoko
    (Tokyo accent, female)
  • Kenichi
    (Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

Since this word has okurigana (hiragana attached to the kanji) you know that it's probably going to be the kun'yomi reading.

Lucky for you, the kanji readings for transitive and intransitive verbs are almost always the same. Once you learn one, you know them both! This reading is the same as 伝える.

Context

Common Word Combinations

  • ストレートに伝わる

    to be conveyed in a straightforward manner

    相手に伝わる

    to be conveyed to one's partner

    人に伝わる

    to be conveyed to people

Context Sentences

この手紙で母の気持ちは伝わりました。

This letter conveyed my mother's feelings.

明日は休みだって、チームメイト全員に伝えてくれる?

Would you tell all of your teammates that there will not be a practice tomorrow?

日本語が上手に話せなくても心で話せばきっと相手に伝わりますよ。

Even though you can't speak Japanese well, if you try to speak with your heart, people will understand.

Kanji Composition